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Ben Stiller to Star in Mike White Comedy ‘Brad’s Status’

Film is set to begin shooting in September

Ben Stiller is in final negotiations to star in the comedy “Brad’s Status,” Sidney Kimmel Entertainment president John Penotti and president of production Carla Hacken announced on Wednesday.

Mike White wrote and will direct the film, which centers on Brad, who despite a gainful career and happy home life, finds himself obsessed with his more successful former schoolmates. While touring colleges with his son, Brad is forced to confront his friends and feelings of failure.

Mike White‘s bold comedic voice echoes throughout this terrifically funny, and often poignant story about family, friends and the curveballs life throws our way,” Penotti and Hacken said in a statement. “Ben Stiller has that rare ability to balance his amazing comedic skills with an emotional depth that brings us all closer to his characters. He’s so perfect for this great part.”

SKE will finance and produce the film with Plan B Entertainment, which has Academy Award-celebrated films “The Big Short,” “Selma,” “12 Years A Slave” and “The Departed” to its credit. White will also produce along with David Bernad.

White most recently co-created, wrote and directed the HBO series “Enlightened,” starring Laura Dern, and wrote the comedies “Year of the Dog,” starring Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly; “The Good Girl,” starring Jennifer Aniston; and “Nacho Libre,” starring Jack Black.

Filming for “Brad’s Status” will begin in September.